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(This post was last modified: 02-24-2016, 10:54 PM by shega. Edit Reason: must mind my grammar )
I ordered some Sartorial Shave Cream from the UK to USA last month, along with Blenheim Bouquet. I thought I would make a few remarks about it to those who have been curious.

Scent: it is complex and strong. No problem enjoying the scent from beginning to end. And given that this is a fragrance I wear five days a week, I want to enjoy it. The scent is clearly the same, but it resembles the EDT in that sometimes one note dominates, sometimes another. It is wonderful, though, I am happy with the scent.

Performance: I have only used it a handful of times, so that is not really enough to give a solid opinion, but I have also used Blenheim Bouquet and Endymion. It is outstanding. Outstanding. I have been making my way through a puck of Haslinger Sheeps Milk, after a winter with AoS tallow and MdC, and I have to report that each shave has been, so far, as good as the great soaps I am using. Honestly, it has been slicker, considerably slicker than these three soaps. I did not expect to find such a good performer, I just wanted the scent. But its slickness is so remarkable it is hard not to notice. I shave with a straight razor, and whether I use a thin, see through lather or a luxurious creamy lather, it just delights me.

Face feel: I actually skipped aftershave the other day, with no adverse effect. That is rare. If I don't apply aftershave my face becomes dry and prickly. Haslinger has occasionally acted like this, but not always. MdC has often acted this way, but not always. To be fair, Penhaligons creams have sometimes acted like this, but not always. It has a magnificent face feel, and I whether I apply aftershave or not, the feel of my skin, rubbing my hand over my face after a shave is remarkable. It has been quite a highlight.

Efficiency: 1g per shave. XPEC has usually consumed 3g, Musgo Real 2g, other creams 2-3 grams. Penhanligons will supply 150ish shaves from a tube.

Lather: nearly identical to AoS tallow or Haslinger. Buttercream.There probably are differences, but not enough for me to notice.

If you look around, you can find this well below retail. I got mine for $26 shipped to USA from allbeauty in the UK. I spent a long time looking, and eventually found this place. Blenheim Bouquet was about the same price.

If you love this fragrance, you have found a new friend. The fact that the performance is so good just makes me giddy.
There is another thread going about most luxurious creams in our experience. I have used a few, this is the top for me. Bought it as a weekend cream, am having a hard time not using it every morning.

Anyone else try it?
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I own 4 Penhaligon creams, and they all perform great. Sartorial is one of them.
Cheers, Claus from Denmark
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Update. Blenheim Bouquet, which I purchased alongside Sartorial, and which has a slightly different ingredient list, is also impressing me. The fragrance is not 100% identical to the EDT—it seems to have a tiny bit of an Endymion fragrance to it (vanilla/coffee). The main scent is clearly BB, but there is something extra. I love it.

The performance of these creams is the best of my collection. I had to break out the AoS tallow yesterday to see if it was as good as this. It was. But not better.

If you like these fragrances, and if you want to try a British cream in the luxury range, don't hesitate.

As before, 1 gram was sufficient for a 4-pass shave, and my skin feels great afterward. 1 gram!

shega
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Hi Claus,
I didn't know there were four types of Pen creams. Sartorial, Blenheim, Endymion...what is the fourth?
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(02-27-2016, 07:13 PM)shega Wrote: Hi Claus,
I didn't know there were four types of Pen creams. Sartorial, Blenheim, Endymion...what is the fourth?

Opus 1870

Mine is from 2013
Cheers, Claus from Denmark
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Member
San Jose, CA
I need to try Sartorial cream. Besides Endymion, and BB I also have Castile. Another great one that's sadly been discontinued.
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(This post was last modified: 02-27-2016, 10:38 PM by shega.)
CHSeifert

Opus! Wow. If that were available still I would be on it. As it is, I am close to putting my bottle of Opus on the bst because I am not using it enough. But if I had a cream to go with it I might.

Lucky you!
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(This post was last modified: 02-27-2016, 10:37 PM by shega. Edit Reason: more info )
waveflow
I think if you already know the Pens creams and like them you should be very happy with the fragrance and performance of Sartorial. And you don't have to spend $40 either, if you can find it at the place I mentioned above.

I have tried Castile EDT and I like it. Isn't this the one that is similar to AdP Colonia? How does the scent of the cream measure up?
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Chazz Reinhold HOF
Shega, thanks for your thoughts on these two creams. I may have to pick some up next time I travel to London.
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Member
San Jose, CA
(02-27-2016, 10:36 PM)shega Wrote: waveflow
I think if you already know the Pens creams and like them you should be very happy with the fragrance and performance of Sartorial. And you don't have to spend $40 either, if you can find it at the place I mentioned above.

I have tried Castile EDT and I like it. Isn't this the one that is similar to AdP Colonia? How does the scent of the cream measure up?

Thanks, I have been meaning to give it a try. Only thing holding me back is that I only like the Sartorial scent (love Endymion, very much like BB & Castile).

To me Castile shares some similarity (mainly citrus notes) with AdP. I generally think of it it on its own however.


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